Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Once Upon a Time in Thailand

I'm excited to say that we're getting back to things after taking a break to enjoy Coastie Baby and our family that came to visit. We kept things casual in February with the #LoveBlog challenge, but we'll soon be getting back to our regular posting schedule. In fact, we'd love a little feedback - what would you like to see on the blog for the rest of the year? Travel is top on our list as we still have a lot of places and photos to share with you, including today's guest post from Lindsay.


My husband and I are frequent travelers of the world. We are lucky to have experienced many different cultures, customs, and places together. It was a big dream of ours to pack bags and go- and so we have.

Our most frequently asked question from fellow travelers and curious hopefuls is:

What has been your favorite place?

That one stumped me for a while, perhaps because I see favorite as too grand a term to live up to. But my husband knew. He had a favorite: Thailand.

As soon as the word was whispered from his lips, I could smell the incense. I could see the purple orchids everywhere, the monks in their brilliant orange robes. My tongue burned by the sweet, smooth blend of coconut curries. Our bodies walked on and bended furiously in a Thai massage. Visiting the open markets and delighting in the assault of fragrances: spice, sweat, motor oil, animal droppings, and dust. Swinging from zip lines and looking over to see the gibbons naturally doing the same feats.

Mr. B (my husband) was almost crushed by an elephant as we washed them in a rescue camp. The joyful beast made up for it later by allowing B onto his back, bending down majestically so he could find a foothold on the elephants leg and clamber up. Our story kept unfurling as we sailed out to sea caves in kayaks. The plankton in the water reacted to sunlight, and in the evening you could trace your fingers through the water. It lit up like a million fireflies. Flying down the roads on our rented mopeds, only stopping to purchase another liter of gas, the fuel filled to the brim in an old coke bottle. Learning to bow and say “thank you”. Buddha, Buddha: everywhere.

It was a magical trip for us. It was made of favorite moments, a traveler’s dream experience. Thailand wrapped up all five of our senses and touched our lives. We can say it is our favorite because we would go back, in a heartbeat.

But it was not just the magic of the place that makes it fall to favorite. It is who we were there. We found ourselves free of the weight of the previous months. We had just taken travel a step further and moved overseas for B’s work. The Thailand trip was the light at the end of a long, stressful tunnel. I didn’t even tell him what we’d be doing there. I just worked on the trip until the wee hours of the morning: planning, researching, hoping he would love it and be able to relax.

The day we got on the plane, we grabbed hands and I felt like we could breathe again. The move had been everything we thought it would be. Challenging, hard…and now amazing because we were doing the main motivation for it: see all the Asia we could in the process.

Those amazing Thailand memories are what they are because of traveling with him by my side. It came after a tough season that we weathered together. His laughing eyes are what I saw swinging through the trees on the zip line by the gibbons. His strong arms paddling the kayak with me, my arms around his waist riding on the back of the moped. Clinking his glass in “cheers” as we ate smooth curries. Staring up at the stars and finding hope again for the days ahead.

Thailand is a fairytale. But sharing it with my spouse is what makes it a favorite for me. Once upon a time in Thailand we fell a little more in love.

About the Author


Lindsay is a military wife, mom, and writer. As a former professional dancer you can find her doing pirouettes in the kitchen whilst also flipping pancakes. She finds solace in hearing the sound of her sewing machine and a hot cup of coffee. A journal with scribbles is never far from her side, and being outdoors lifts her soul. She’s lived and traveled all over the world but believes there is always more to experience. Her blog Uplifting Anchor encourages mothers and military spouses.

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